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DSF Events in 2017 Previous Events

25th Oct. 2017 The Algerian British Business Council Algeria British Business Council Dinner

Lady Olga Maitland - Chairman, Algeria British Business Council -  will host a dinner for the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dr Andrew Parmley, and H.E. The Minister of Finance for Algeria, M. Abderrahmane Raouya, with a high level delegation of ministry officials and representatives of the financial and commercial sector.


Inside Saudi Arabia A Crown Prince Mohammed Modernises
While Facing Down  Qatar And Yemen:
Is This Situation Tenable?

Sir William Patey, KCMG -  Former  Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - Since leaving the Foreign Office, Sir William Patey has remained in constant touch with his former domain, and has given fearless and frank assessments on developments in the region. He has questioned whether Saudi Arabia miscalculated in isolating Qatar. Will all these events cause investors to think seriously about disinvesting in the Gulf?

For more information and tickets, please contact Lady Olga Maitland:, or download the details.
12th July 2017 KCNA: Kim Jong Un Guides Test-fire of New Ground-to-Sea Cruise Rocket
Source: KCNA - North Korea's State-Owned News Agency.
North Korea Exposed: Daily Life in the Hermit Kingdom

“North Korea is a big world problem” says Trump. And with the country making Headline News every day, there has rarely been a more important time to hear the truth about this paranoid state. With the tension being ratcheted up daily, it’s now the world's most significant story; one that may affect us all. Quoting Lord Alton: Ignoring North Korea is not an option.

Speaker: Jeremy Hunter, photojournalist and former TV News and Current Affairs producer/reporter.

31st May 2017 Mount Rushmoor
Image Source: MS ClipArt
Fresh analysis after President Trump attends a Mini-Summit of NATO in Brussels the week before.

11th May 2017 The House of Parliament House Of Lords Dinner in association with Algeria British Business Council

Kindly sponsored by the Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Former Chancellor of Exchequer.

This event will discuss the Future of British Trading Relations outside the EU, The Opportunities for Algeria. A Review of the 'UK Algeria Double Taxation Convention.'  Also speaking:- H.E. The British Ambassador, Mr Andrew Noble. H.E. The Algerian Ambassador Mr. Amar Abba.

6th April 2017 SHAPE - Image courtesty of NATO
NATO Secretary General visits Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (SHAPE).
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SHAPE.

General Bradshaw made news headlines with the statement to the press warning, ‘NATO and the EU need ‘a grand strategy’ to resist Putin’. ‘Russia would remain a threat as long as President Putin holds power.’. He added there would be catastrophic consequences if the west lost coherence in its response ‘to a competitor that has his hands on all levers of power.’

5th April 2017 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko
Debrief: H.E. The Russian Ambassador, Mr. Alexander Yakovenko kindly host an insightful  debriefing following the meeting in Moscow between the Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov and the Foreign Secretary, Mr Boris Johnson. The topics to be addressed will embrace Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Crimea, Libya, Baltic states, NATO, US relations.

Lady Olga: ‘This is a unique opportunity to hear first hand the Russian perspective on global events.’

9th March 2017 Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Defence Ministers. Photo Source:

Press conference by NATO Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the
North Atlantic Council at the level of Defence Ministers.
Prof. Adrian Kendry - Is NATO fit for Purpose?

Professor Kendry was a former Senior Defence Economist and Adviser to the Secretary General of NATO. He will examine the degree NATO countries can rise to the challenge posed by President Trump in raising their defence spending to 2% of GDP.  He will also look at the threats from Russia and the level of capability for NATO to respond.

22nd Feb. 2017 South Sudan delegation at the UN Reception hosted by the South Sudan Business Council.  

Lady Olga Maitland is a Board Member of the South Sudan Business Council.  South Sudan is finding its feet after an unsettled period. Now looking at investment opportunities and creating a better understanding of the environment through close ties with the local political and business community.

23rd Nov. 2016
NATO Secretary General
NATO Secretary General -
Source: NATO

Strategy and capability of British armed forces. The realities of a changing world, new working partnerships and relationships with overseas engagements i.e. Syria, Iraq, Libya etc. British forces will need flexibility and be relevant to new threats from wherever they come. Britain’s role in NATO as it reshapes to new demands.

A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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